The Second Amendment Explained

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution has been grossly warped, twisted, and otherwise wrenched out of context.  In reality, it’s actually very simple and straightforward:

Second Amendment

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“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Let’s break this down:

“A well regulated…”

The term “regulated” was commonly used in the 1700s instead of “trained.”  It’s modifier, “well,” simply means “properly,” especially to the extent of “fully.”  This, this phrase in today’s language might read, “A properly and fully-trained…”


Countless writings of our Founding Fathers firmly establish their view that every able-bodied man, woman, and child capable of carrying and properly using a firearm constitutes the “militia.”  This fact was deeply researched and properly documented in the 1982 Congressional Report on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

“…being necessary to the security of a free state…”

The term “state” had multiple meanings, but a casual glance at the Constitution reveals that all references to state in terms of an actual state, such as Virginia or Maryland, or even collectively or as referenced generically, the term state was capitalized:  “The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.” – Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.

So, if it doesn’t mean a “State” as in one of the states in our Union, or a generic term for any state, what does it mean?  A quick check of Webster’s Dictionary reveals the first definition is appropriate:  “a mode or condition of being.”  So, to make this abundantly clear, are you in a state of slavery, or a state of freedom?  Being “necessary to the security of a free state” simply means it is something necessary to protect freedom.  But again, many writings by our Founding Fathers made this abundantly clear, and were reported in the 1982 Congressional Report on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

“…the right of the people…”

First, the key word here is “right.”  It’s a right, not a privilege.  It’s called the Bill of Rights, not the Bill of Privileges.  A privilege is something earned, or allowed so long as certain conditions are met.  It can be taken away, either by due process, or even on a whim.  A right is irrevocable because it’s not something that’s granted in the first place.  It’s an condition inherent in humanity itself.  It can be recognized, or trod upon, but it cannot be taken away, at least no without violating the laws of God and Godly men.

Second, the term “the people” has been firmly established as applying to all citizens of the United States of America, not only by the countless writings of our Founding Fathers, but also by the 1982 Congressional Report on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, as well as numerous federal court decisions, and even two U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

“…to keep and bear arms…”

To own and carry.

“…shall not be infringed.”

There is no wiggle room on this last phrase.  It doesn’t say “will not.”  It certainly doesn’t say “may

Congressmen who support the Constitution

Congressmen who support the Constitution

not.”  Every Technical Order I was issued with regards to the operation of both the B-52H and the C-130E had a “may, will, and shall” section which defined these terms in no uncertain terms.  Bottom line, there was no wiggle room with respect to “shall,” the violation of which could damage the aircraft, it’s crewmembers or passengers, or result in fatalities of not followed to the letter.  Violations of “shall” items on checkrides were heavily critiqued, if not grounds for a downgrade or bust.

As for the meaning of the word “infringe,” I’ll simply reference Webster’s Dictionary:  “1.  to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another <infringe a patent>
2.  obsolete : defeat, frustrate ”

I like the second one better, and although it may be “obsolete” today, it wasn’t when the Second Amendment was signed into law along with the other nine Constitutional Amendments known collectively as our Bill of Rights.

Exercise your rights! If you don’t exercise the First Amendment in order to protect the Second, you may wind up having to exercise the Second Amendment in order to protect the First.”

Finally, be educated!